By Josh Hillyard

The outdoor community received some great news on Thursday when congressmen, Jason Chaffetz, who introduced bill H.R 621, announced he would be withdrawing the bill. It is a big win for YOU, the owners of the 3 million acres that were on the chopping block. However, you can be assured that there will be more battles to fight on this front in the near future. We’ll need to remain vigilant on this front and be prepared to speak up again.

Our roundup of the best hunting blog posts this week on the web touches on this topic, as well as the sterilization of wild deer, post season scouting and more. So enjoy and happy Friday!

Congressman Withdraws Bill to Sell 3 Millon Acres of Public Land – Field & Stream: Congressmen Chaffetz rescinds H.R 621 but continues to stand behind H.R 622, which is nearly as concerning.

Congress Overreaches to Roll Back Americans’ Say in Public Land Management – Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership: Some Congressmen are pursuing a rarely used legislative process that would block a rule created to give the public more say in the management of BLM public lands.

An Uncertain Future for Public-Land Bear Hunts Like This One in Montana – Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership: Thousands and thousands of sportsmen have stories like this that would be in jeopardy if  federal public lands were to be sold.

Michigan City Sterilizes Wild, Free-Ranging Deer – Outdoor Life: This is one of those stories that I don’t think I will ever be able to wrap my head around. Sterilizing wild deer? Yup, it happened in my home state.

Post Season Scouting Tips – Midwest Whitetail: Bill Winke gives some great advice on what to focus on when you are out scouting this post season.

How to Prevent Your Worst Muzzleloading Nightmare – Deer & Deer Hunting: If you have ever hunted with or plan to hunt with a muzzleloader in the future, you need to read this article.

Mature Buck Travel Distance Unraveled – Whitetail Habitat Solutions: Important information to understand if you are trying to pattern a mature buck and just which bucks may be spending the majority of their time close to your property.